HTC First: R.I.P. or Wait-and-See?

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Last week’s news of a big HTC First price cut resulted in mixed reactions. Some saw it as great news, making an already hot phone even more affordable. On the other hand, that big of a cut, that early on in the phone’s life, had others talking about the beginning of the end for the First. Today a new rumor claims that the latter situation is closer to the truth, and the First could be getting an early retirement.

BGR claims to have heard from its sources that dismal First sales – to the tune of a mere 15,000 units – are causing the carrier to abandon the phone, rather than ride things out and see if sales can’t improve.

AT&T, while not forcefully denying the rumor, offers its own explanation, claiming “we do pricing promotions all the time and have made no decisions on future plans.”

For now, we’ll have to wait and see what becomes of the First; AT&T really can’t make it much cheaper, so we’ll have to see if the new low price is enough to help motivate sales. Just don’t be surprised if you see it show up on a leaked EOL list one of these days.

Source: BGR

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!